A unique blend of barrel-aged beers (2/3 barrel-aged tart/wild malty brown ale with cherries, 1/3 barrel-aged Cocoa Loco), designed as an homage to the sweet/sour “oud bruin” brown ales of West Flanders, Belgium. Deceptively smooth and rich, this dark chestnut-colored ale has notes of milk chocolate and pralines, offset by a hint of tartness from cherries and the wild Brettanomyces yeast used in the barrels. The base beers spent a combined 3.5 years in second-use oak Bourbon barrels, which lends a calming softness to the flavor and aroma. This extended time leaves barely a hint of oak flavor, beyond the subtle structure and deft balance that compliments each base beer, to equal a fine ale that is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Very limited quantities, this beer might not ever exist again!
Key sensory terms: Sweet n sour (tart, not that acidic), rich chocolatey malt, hint of fruit in the finish. Medium-high alcohol.
Food Pairings: Osso buco, gamey meats (lamb), anything vaguely Mexican, collard greens, brisket.
Style: Barrel-aged Tart Dark Ale/American Bastard Oud Bruin
Availability: One-Off/Fall 2015
Formats: 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl